Head of Health and Integration at CIPFA, Jane Payling, commented:
“Service integration is a no-brainer for patients, families and stretched NHS teams. The introduction of the Better Care Fund (BCF) as a means to integrate services was widely welcomed. However, it was always unlikely to achieve its desired first year outcomes due to the ambitious targets built in, combined with overall budget reductions.
“It is encouraging that the government has now made its expectations of the BCF more realistic. CIPFA fears that the same mistakes could be being made with NHS’s Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) as proposals may be over-optimistic and unachievable. It is critical then to revisit the deliverability of STPs before they unravel.”
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